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Rope Handles

1. Sew two strips of fabric the desired length for tote bag handles plus an approximate 5″ for the ends of handles.  Fold in half lengthwise with right sides together (Fig. 1).

2. Turn right side out, press with seam in the center. (Fig. 2)

3. Fold handles in half lengthwise with seam hidden inside. Top stitch close to edge leaving a ”opening at each end. (Fig. 3)

4. Wrap one end of  Cotton Filler Cord with tape such as painters tape, push a safety pin through the taped end of cord for ease of feeding rope through the fabric, insert through one opening in handle, feed cord through, having each end meet at openings (Fig. 4). Fold each end over ½” to the wron side press. Set aside for now. Repeat for opposite handle. 

5. Pin the ends of one handle to one side of bag as desired, place the ends of each handle outside of bag with the seams of handles facing inward, pin or baste into place (making sure not twist handles). Repeat for second handle placing on opposite side of bag (Fig. 5).

 (Fig. 5)

6. Top stitch completely around bag close to top edge and bottom edge to catch handles, and bag. Optional ~ Stitch a capital M on each handle for reinforcement (Fig. 6).

 (Fig. 6)

2 thoughts on “Rope Handles

  1. Hi I would like to purchase a box bottom tool. I am British but am in the USA for a few weeks visiting Portland and then flying to South Carolina Savannah etc. Or is it possible to purchase one in the UK PLEASE.

    Sandy Gillies

    1. Hi Sandy, I don’t know why I’m just now seeing this. I hope you got my email regarding the perfect box bottom tool. Anyway, once you get where you’re going here in the states; you can purchase the tool(s) of your choice. You can put in all your information, and use the shipping address here in the states where you are staying. Then I can typically get it in the USPS mail the next business day. Have a great visit 🙂

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